If you’ve ever taken a piece of art to be framed, you know first hand how custom framing can transform great art into a masterpiece. Viewing unframed art is like receiving an unwrapped gift ~ when a present is nicely wrapped & trimmed with ribbons & a big bow, receiving it is so much more exciting & memorable. Decorating an already beautiful piece of art correctly, enhances it without overpowering it.

Whenever I complete a painting I can’t wait to reach for some framing samples to try on my new creation. No matter how pleased I might be with my art, I know putting the right frame on it will immediately bring it to life & enhance the story being told in my painting. Don’t miss this week’s in-studio video below showing how my frames are created!

Mona in neon

Framing is an art unto itself. I’m not just talking about the craft of building a frame, but the whole process of choosing one that best compliments the art. Frames are unsung heroes ~ when it’s appropriate for the art you don’t really notice it, but when it’s not, the framing sticks out like a sore thumb. Imagine the Mona Lisa adorned with a neon blueish-purplish frame ~ which part of the painting would grab your attention first? Framing & matting can easily make or break the look of your new acquisition, so nice framing will only add to your enjoyment of the piece & is money well spent.

THE ARTISTRY BEHIND THE FRAME

I always look forward to choosing the frame & matting for my works ~ for me it’s like putting the icing on the cake. When a collector purchases a piece of my framed art, they most likely make the decision to buy it because they feel a connection with the art. But they probably don’t realize that the framing plays such an integral part in their feelings about the art also. So my frame choice is very important.

Once I’ve selected a frame style, then the real work begins. Enter Jim Morrison . . . my meticulous, frame-building-talented-woodworker-significant-other who builds the frames for my finished works. His woodworking artistry puts the finishing touches on my art & gives it added dimension.

BOYS AND THEIR TOYS

There’s quite a bit of work that goes into a piece of art beyond the paint & brushes, & framing is an important piece of the puzzle. When it comes to creating custom frames, having the right equipment along with woodworking knowledge & expertise are crucial for making a quality frame. And lucky for me, Jim has too much of both. So you can be sure his frames are spot on!

HOW A STICK BECOMES A FRAME

You are probably familiar with the hundreds of beautiful frame samples that drape the walls of frame shops, which sometimes make choosing a frame a difficult task. But I love lots of choices when choosing the perfect match for my art. The photos shown here are part of my framing studio & it’s jam packed with more moulding than I’ll probably ever use in a lifetime. But like art supplies, I can never have enough.

Framing begins with a 9 foot length of my chosen moulding & goes through a series of steps before my finished frame is realized. I’ve prepared a 4 1/2 minute video below, showing Jim as he creates the frame that will be used on my first 25 Days Of Minis painting to be unveiled December 1st.


“THE ART OF FRAMING” VIDEO

In this week’s video, check out Jim’s workshop framing equipment & watch as he turns 9 feet of moulding into the frame that will adorn my December 1st Mini titled “Awakening”!


NEXT WEEK: Phase VI of my 10 STEPS TO PERFECT “MINI” ART ~ FINDING THE PERFECT TITLE

The title can be one of the reasons someone purchases a piece of art. Next week I’ll give some insight into artwork titles & how they’re chosen.

Thanks for following along in my journey of 10 STEPS TO PERFECT “MINI” ART!